What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means — Midwestern Plants

Originally posted on THE UP NORTH READER: To call it a mild winter would be putting it, well, mildly. As our current mid-winter warmup rolls on, those in the upper Midwest are either rejoicing at the unseasonable temperatures or are dreading the impact that it will have on the outdoor industries—namely skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.…

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EPA Gives Notice To Dozens Scientific Advisory Board Members  — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. Read full story at: EPA just gave notice to […]

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The Desert Sun has series of videos on what is happening to the Salton Sea The Desert Sun investigates the crisis of the shrinking Salton Sea, from its worsening dust storms to its disappearing birds. The lake is becoming a toxic dust bowl — nearly 15 years after California lawmakers promised to fix it. Watch […]

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Endangered Species Act!

National Geographic reports The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it. Read story at Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

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New Zealand’s Rare Bird

New Zealand’s rare Wrybill, population 4500-5000 estimated, found only in New Zealand, about 8 inches high, lives and breeds around shallow estuaries and sheltered coasts. Serious habitat loss and predation are the main threats to the continued existence of this special bird.


Audubon has a bird guide that is available both on-line or with an app. It includes in-depth profiles, range maps, photo galleries, and bird calls, you can discover lesser-known species or learn something new about one of your already beloved birds. Check out the Bird Guide online or download the Audubon Bird Guide app today.

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